Asking Alexandria Talk "Stepped Up and Scratched", Movies, Books, and "Reckless and Relentless"
Mon, 14 Nov 2011 09:49:49
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"We want to progress and do something that hasn't been done before," declares Asking Alexandria singer Danny Worsnop.
His band did just that with this year's Reckless & Relentless. It's a thrashed-out melodic exorcism with just the right infusion of industrial and electronic barbs, making metal both infectious and intriguing again. In a scene rife with followers, Asking Alexandria take the lead. They continue that tradition on their remix release Stepped Up and Scratched, due out November 21, 2011 via Sumerian Records. [You can pre-order it here].
For Stepped Up and Scratched, the group enlisted the likes of Borgore, Celldweller, and Sol Invicto for danceably deadly remixes of gems from their catalog. It's a must for fans of the band and newcomers alike.
Dangerous and daring, Asking Alexandria deserve to take over heavy metal. They're just what the doctor ordered for the genre…
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino, Asking Alexandria mainman Danny Worsnop opens up about Reckless and Relentless, talks movies, books, and so much more.
Did you have one overarching vision for Reckless and Relentless?
The guys send me the music, and it's my job to bring it all together and make it what it is. I went into Reckless and Relentless with the mindset that it's going to be an album that people to listen to from start to finish—not an album 90 percent of bands put out that sucks with a couple of good songs. I pride myself on being in this for the long haul and being able to write a solid album. I was happy with how it came out.
Is there a lyrical thread?
Yeah, the album is all about my drug, sex, and alcohol addictions. It's basically a document of stuff that I was going through or had done.
What's the story behind "Morte et Dabo"?
There really isn't a meaning. It's a very blasphemous song. It's very controversial, in-your-face, and offensive. People have definitely spoken their minds about it. It's offended a lot of people. We wanted to write a really extreme song that's very controversial. It's even a step above how controversial we were already. It came together like that. There was no underlying intention or message we were trying to get across other than it was fun to write it. As soon as we wrote the song, we knew the structure of the album. It always felt like the conclusion mainly because of that whole end section.
Where did "Someone, Somewhere" come from?
I don't listen to heavy music. I don't like screaming and all of that stuff. I'm into my rock 'n' roll. I talked to the guys and I was like, "I really want to put an all singing rock 'n' roll track on the album". That was as close as we could get to releasing a straight-up rock track.
What's it about lyrically?
There's stuff about my family and being a crap person to a lot of people.
Is it important for you to tell stories with the songs?
Yeah, that's part of what the job is. I don't view it as writing lyrics. I'm writing a story. I'm writing a tale. It's poetry. It's an art, and not many people are good at it which is why most of the bands around right now suck and don't have a future. It's not easy to be able to write fluidly with stuff people can relate to.
Do you tend to read often or watch many movies?
What are some favorite movies?
I watch Seven Pounds a lot. That's definitely a good movie! I like a lot of comedy more than anything.
How important is preserving that grit in your delivery?
I feel it's a good representation of my voice period. That's how I sing and scream. We kept it as close to natural as we could. A lot of bands sit there and will shift the notes until everything is perfect. 75 percent of the album is exactly how I sang it—possibly more. For a particularly long time, I've had my issues with it. I sat back and worked on my voice a lot and discovered more in myself. Even today, I discover more and more, and it's improving. When we come to do the next album, we'll step up the game again. With this new CD, we're taking more of a Slipknot approach or feel.
Which artists shaped you?
My iTunes is pretty much built of '80s hair metal. That's the music I enjoy and listen to. I don't listen to heavy music. I don't sit back and listen to breakdowns and all of that shit. I want to listen to something that I can watch chicks with daddy issues take their clothes off too [Laughs].
See our exclusive interview with guitarist Ben Bruce here!
Have you heard Asking Alexandria yet?
Pre-order Stepped Up and Scratched here!